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Origin: L. Luxuria, fr. Luxus: cf. F. Luxure.

1. A free indulgence in costly food, dress, furniture, or anything expensive which gratifies the appetites or tastes. Riches expose a man to pride and luxury. (Spectator)

2. Anything which pleases the senses, and is also costly, or difficult to obtain; an expensive rarity; as, silks, jewels, and rare fruits are luxuries; in some countries ice is a great luxury. He cut the side of a rock for a garden, and, by laying on it earth, furnished out a kind of luxury for a hermit. (Addison)

3. Lechery; lust. Luxury is in wine and drunkenness. (Chaucer)

4. Luxuriance; exuberance.

Synonym: Voluptuousness, epicurism, effeminacy, sensuality, lasciviousness, dainty, delicacy, gratification.